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ERIC Number: ED411862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 6
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Preservation and Access to Manuscript Collections of the Czech National Library.
Karen, Vladimir; Psohlavec, Stanislav
In 1996, the Czech National Library started a large-scale digitization of its extensive and invaluable collection of historical manuscripts and printed books. Each page of the selected documents is scanned using a high-resolution, full-color digital camera, processed, and archived on a CD-ROM disk. HTML coded description is added to the entire document and to each page according to proposed recommendations currently under evaluation by the UNESCO Memory of the World Program Subcommittee for Technology. Comfortable and easy-to-use Windows software, ManuFret, is available for searching and viewing the manuscripts at a higher level. The collection of digitized documents is now open to the public in the National Library's manuscript study room and copies of the CD-ROMs are offered to other libraries world-wide. The catalog of digitized documents is available on the Internet. Internet accessibility to the full-text of all documents is being investigated. The paper addresses preservation and access issues, and describes the current and future status of the project. It also briefly discusses implications for other libraries that are thinking of digitizing their collection. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic